Joules Group's (LON:JOUL) Returns On Capital Not Reflecting Well On The Business

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 12, 2022
AIM:JOUL
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What trends should we look for it we want to identify stocks that can multiply in value over the long term? In a perfect world, we'd like to see a company investing more capital into its business and ideally the returns earned from that capital are also increasing. This shows us that it's a compounding machine, able to continually reinvest its earnings back into the business and generate higher returns. However, after briefly looking over the numbers, we don't think Joules Group (LON:JOUL) has the makings of a multi-bagger going forward, but let's have a look at why that may be.

What is Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)?

For those that aren't sure what ROCE is, it measures the amount of pre-tax profits a company can generate from the capital employed in its business. The formula for this calculation on Joules Group is:

Return on Capital Employed = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) ÷ (Total Assets - Current Liabilities)

0.022 = UK£2.0m ÷ (UK£193m - UK£103m) (Based on the trailing twelve months to November 2021).

Therefore, Joules Group has an ROCE of 2.2%. Ultimately, that's a low return and it under-performs the Luxury industry average of 19%.

See our latest analysis for Joules Group

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AIM:JOUL Return on Capital Employed February 12th 2022

Above you can see how the current ROCE for Joules Group compares to its prior returns on capital, but there's only so much you can tell from the past. If you'd like to see what analysts are forecasting going forward, you should check out our free report for Joules Group.

So How Is Joules Group's ROCE Trending?

In terms of Joules Group's historical ROCE movements, the trend isn't fantastic. To be more specific, ROCE has fallen from 26% over the last five years. However, given capital employed and revenue have both increased it appears that the business is currently pursuing growth, at the consequence of short term returns. And if the increased capital generates additional returns, the business, and thus shareholders, will benefit in the long run.

Another thing to note, Joules Group has a high ratio of current liabilities to total assets of 54%. This can bring about some risks because the company is basically operating with a rather large reliance on its suppliers or other sorts of short-term creditors. Ideally we'd like to see this reduce as that would mean fewer obligations bearing risks.

What We Can Learn From Joules Group's ROCE

In summary, despite lower returns in the short term, we're encouraged to see that Joules Group is reinvesting for growth and has higher sales as a result. These growth trends haven't led to growth returns though, since the stock has fallen 69% over the last five years. So we think it'd be worthwhile to look further into this stock given the trends look encouraging.

One final note, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with Joules Group (including 1 which can't be ignored) .

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